posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 18, 2013 2:19 PM
In 2009 when he was coaching at Virginia Tech, current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg (black shirt) surprised a Midnight Madness crowd by performing in an inflatable “Hokie Bird” suit. (Photo courtesy VT Athletics)
Tonight beginning at 9 ET, ESPNU will air four hours of Midnight Madness events from nine schools around the country. Front Row caught up with several of ESPN’s college basketball analysts who were coaches at Division I schools for their perspectives on Midnight Madness.
Bruce Pearl, former head coach at Tennessee, UW-Milwaukee:
Midnight Madness was a celebration on our campus – with our student body and fans – that college basketball was back. I will never forget putting on the sumo wrestling outfit [at Tennessee] and body slamming a worthy opponent from the student body. continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on November 15, 2012 4:50 PM
(L-R) Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep. (Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)
In the past three years, nearly 25 ESPN 100 players have revealed their college choice live on ESPN Recruiting Nation.
That number will grow once again during tomorrow’s National Signing Day Special on ESPNU (7 p.m. ET) when the Class of 2013′s No. 20 player, Kennedy Meeks (Georgetown or UNC), No. 25 Isaac Hamilton (San Diego State, UCLA, UNLV or UTEP) and No. 27 Tyler Roberson (Kansas, Syracuse or Villanova) join the hour-long program to announce their decision.
Also scheduled to join the program are Kansas coach Bill Self, Kentucky coach John Calipari and Memphis coach Josh Pastner.
As players put pen to paper on their national letters of intent, ESPN’s Paul Biancardi will be manning his own phone for updates from leading programs, coaches and players to deliver the news over the air. It’s an experience he knows well after a career in coaching that brought him to, among other leagues, the Big Ten (Ohio State), the Big East (Boston College) and the Horizon League (Wright State).
“At Wright State (as head coach) I signed a kid in late April who eventually became the Horizon League Player of the year,” Biancardi said. “It’s hard to find someone of that caliber in April, normally you try and find them the year before. I got the job in April and landed DaShaun Wood soon after; he became one of the best players in the history of Wright State basketball.” continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on April 11, 2012 4:38 PM
ESPNU recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi (left) (pictured with Dwayne Ballen) is part of ''ESPNU's Signing Day Special'' tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET
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The lives of several young men will change forever tonight, live on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. ET as the network airs its sixth annual college basketball “ESPNU Signing Day Special,” hosted by Dari Nowkhah. Joining Dari will be analysts Dave Telep and Paul Biancardi as top prospects in the ESPNU 100, Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad, announce their decisions.
Other high profile prospects will also make their choices publicly known and the crew will be joined via phone by several college coaches.
Biancardi joined the Front & Center podcast (above) and prepared listeners for what they can expect from the 90-minute show.
ESPN3 will simulcast ESPNU’s Signing Day Special online. ESPN will also air the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m.